Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Paper Session #517
Advances in Functional Analysis
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
10:30 AM–11:20 AM
Texas Ballroom Salon C (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM
Chair: Annette Griffith (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Development of the Questions About Behavioral Function—Adolescent Version
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
ANNETTE GRIFFITH (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Johnny L. Matson (Lousiana State University), Michael H. Epstein (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Nirbhay N. Singh (ONE Research Institute)
Abstract: Research has indicated that interventions tailored to address behavioral function lead to greater improvements in behavior than those that do not address function. As a result, functional analyses have become a key step in the intervention-development process. While a variety of methods to conduct functional analyses have been developed and numerous resources are available, it is not always possible for them to be carried out in real-world settings. When functional analyses are not possible or are not convenient to conduct, other methods are needed. The Questions About Behavioral Function (QABF) is a brief, 25-item measure that was developed to identify behavioral function for adults with developmental disabilities. Studies have indicated that the QABF demonstrates good psychometric properties when used with this population and has been useful in treatment planning and program development. This paper will discuss the modification made to the QABF to make it applicable for use with an adolescent population. We will discuss how the Questions About Behavioral Function – Adolescent Version (QABF-AV) was developed and will examine preliminary data examining the reliability and validity of the measure for use with adolescents in out-of-home settings.
Sleep: A Missing Variable in Behavioral Assessments of Day-Time Behavior
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
KIMBERLY A. SCHRECK (The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg)
Abstract: Although behavior analysts assess and develop treatments for a wide variety of childhood behavior categories from autism to depression to anxiety, childhood sleep problems as a variable influencing day-time behavior remain widely ignored. This may be due to a lack of exposure to childhood sleep issues. This paper identifies some of the more common childhood sleep problems and the data behavior analysts need to collect and assess to treat and make referral decisions for sleep problems.



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